Charlie Hamilton James- I Bought a Rainforest

I Bought a Rainforest

  • Charlie Hamilton James, Photographer and Filmmaker
Venue: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO, United States
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  • February 7, 2017
    7:30 pm
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Ticket Price: $30

“I am constantly staggered and inspired by nature both in its design and its beauty; it’s led to a life long obsession to understand, document and save it.”—Charlie Hamilton James

Discover what it’s like to live in—not just visit—two of the world’s great wildlife parks. Charlie Hamilton James has been shooting in Peru’s Manu National Park—the most bio-diverse place on Earth—for more than two decades. Fiercely motivated to protect the rainforest and its inhabitants, he bought a piece of land adjoining the park—only to discover that he had purchased an illegal cocaine factory along with it. His misadventures as an Amazonian landowner were documented in the BBC Television series, I Bought a Rainforest.

More recently, Charlie has been living in Yellowstone, America’s original wildlife park, for the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service. For a forthcoming National Geographic story, he has gone beyond the park’s boundaries, creating a portrait of the larger ecosystem that Yellowstone supports.

Join this critically acclaimed photojournalist as he recounts his unlikely journey from the Peruvian rainforest to the mountain landscapes of Yellowstone—plus a sneak peek at his latest project, inside Tanzania’s Serengeti.


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About the speaker
Charlie Hamilton James, Photographer and Filmmaker

Making a name for himself as a freshwater aquatic wildlife photographer, James has morphed into natural history filmmaking and he's telling the story of how mankind interacts with nature in a rapidly changing landscape.

Speaker Highlights
Royal Television Society medal winner for cinematography.
Winner of Wildlife Photographer and Cameraman of the Year
5 of his images selected in National Geographic's 52 best photographs of 2016, curated from over 2 million images.
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